If there is one thing that owners of smartphones, no matter whether iPhones or otherwise have often longed for, it’s improved battery life. Even with modern operating systems such as Android 7 and iOS 10 capable of reducing the amount of power used by a smartphone, there will always be a need to eek every last drop of power out of a device’s battery.
Sometimes the answer is to strap a bigger battery on, but sometimes a software alternative is the option with a little more finesse. A new jailbreak tweak called BatteryPlus claims to do that.
Installable via Cydia once the rishanan.github.io repository has been added, BatteryPlus is a free download that has been going through an extensive beta program up until this point. Following ten beta releases, the tweak has now been deemed ready for prime time.
According to the developer, once installed, BatteryPlus not only makes an iPhone’s battery last longer between charges, but also adds a fast charge capability. Now, yes, we know, real fast charging capabilities require special charging hardware and a special battery, and the iPhone has neither.
What BatteryPlus does, though, is to try and reduce the amount of power being used by a device during the charging cycle, meaning less power is used and the battery charges faster as a result. The theory is sound, and is apparently achieved by “reducing power hungry apps/processes which are not required at the moment.” We’d have to try the tweak out for more than a few days to be sure if it really works as claimed by the developer though.
The full list of features offered by BatteryPlus are:
- Fast charging
- Improved foreground/background process management
- Improved idle process management
- Improved background task scheduling
- Improved thermal management to keep phone cool at all times
A shot by the developer showing battery stats after 5 hours of usage with the tweak installed
That all sounds like good stuff to us, and if it makes an iPhone’s battery last longer between charges, then we are all for it.
But it is important to note here that the developer has yet to provide a detailed technical description of how BatteryPlus manages to achieve what is being claimed. The tweak may be “100% Mobile Substrate based,” but that does not guarantee your device won’t run into problems after its installation. Install and proceed at your own risk only. If you do decide on installing the tweak, you might have to wait anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes for the system to stabilize, according to the developer.
If interested, you can grab the tweak, try it out for yourself and let us know if you see an improvement in your device’s battery life.
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